Academic writing should be clear and objective. In the pursue of objectivity, some believe that by using the first person and introducing ‘I’ or ‘we’ in their text, the outcome will not sound as rigorous or formal. But attempting to avoid the first person may confuse readers, leaving them wondering ‘who does what?’ as we discussed in our article about the passive voice. Focusing on objectivity may also lead to anthropomorphism.
Continue reading “Anthropomorphism or the art
of humanising nonhuman subjects”
For years, we were told that in scientific writing we needed to use passive voice to sound formal, neutral and serious. More recently, the contrary philosophy bursted in: suddenly, passive voice had to be by all means avoided as it forces hiding the agent of the sentence and creates confusion. This paradigm shift left many of us in the doubt… is using passive voice in formal, scientific writing right or wrong?
Continue reading “Passive voice in scientific writing: angel or devil?”
We had the pleasure of interviewing Alessandro Parente, Professor at the Aero-Thermo-Mechanical Department of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and frequent member of juries for the FRIA and FNRS fellowships. He talked with us about his experience as a jury member and he gave us some precious tips for students preparing for this type of scholarships.
Continue reading “Succeeding at your scholarship interview:
Advice from Prof. Alessandro Parente”
I have the chance every year to supervise MSc theses on topics related to my research. While discussing with my colleagues, we realised there was a pattern in what the students did not get right during their thesis. Thanks to many iterations and feedback from these colleagues (I list them at the bottom), we have come up with the following 9 laws: Continue reading “9 laws towards successful MSc theses”
You might have sometimes difficulty to communicate with your supervisor. He or she is often away in meetings, never there at the right moment and leaning over your shoulder just when you are busy. This might be a bit exaggerated but let’s have a look into how you can supercharge your communication. Continue reading “Do you have problems communicating or meeting with your supervisor?”
When doing a Master Thesis with me, I expect the following: Continue reading “Instructions for Master Thesis”